Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
The Providence VA Medical Center is committed to meeting the unique needs of women Veterans by delivering the highest quality health care to each woman, while offering her the privacy, dignity, and sensitivity to gender-specific needs that she deserves. Our full time Women Veterans Program Manager is ready to assist you in getting timely access to the health care you need.
Women Veterans Program Manager
Your Women Veterans Program Manager here in Providence is Tonya Maselli McConnell, LICSW, BCD. You can reach Tonya at (401) 273-7100, extension 6191. She can answer your questions about the program and assist you with enrollment.
The following services are available for women Veterans:
- Primary Care
- Gynecological Care
- Maternity Care
- Birth Control
- Infertility Evaluation and Treatment
- Menopause Evaluation/Treatment, Osteoporosis
- Cancer Screenings
- Wellness and Healthy Living
- Nutrition and Weight Management
- Stop Smoking Program
- Management of Depression, Anxiety, and Stress
Adjustment from Deployment
- Counseling and Treatment for:
- Military Sexual Trauma
- Parenting and Caregiver Issues
- Violence and Abuse
- Alcohol and Drug Dependence
- Vocational Rehabilitation
- Educational Opportunities
- Links to Job and Career Counseling
- Services for Homeless Veterans
- MOVE! – Managing Overweight Veterans
Our Women Veterans Program Manager advises and advocates for women Veterans. She can help coordinate all the services you may need, from primary care to specialized care for chronic conditions or reproductive health. VA health care for women Veterans includes:
- General care includes health evaluation and counseling, disease prevention, nutrition counseling, weight control, smoking cessation, and substance abuse counseling and treatment as well as gender-specific primary care, such as cervical cancer screens (Pap smears), breast cancer screens (mammograms), birth control, preconception counseling, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, menopausal support (hormone replacement therapy).
- Mental health includes evaluation and assistance for issues such as depression, mood, and anxiety disorders; intimate partner and domestic violence; sexual trauma; elder abuse or neglect; parenting and anger management; marital, caregiver, or family-related stress; and post-deployment adjustment or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Military Sexual Trauma (MST). Women-and men as well-may experience repeated sexual harassment or sexual assault during their military service. Special services are available to women who have experienced MST. VA provides free, confidential counseling and treatment for mental and physical health conditions related to MST. More information is available about MST from the national Women Veterans Health Care program and the VHA Office of Mental Health.
- Management and screening of chronic conditions includes heart disease, diabetes, cancer, glandular disorders, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia as well as sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. Reproductive health care includes maternity care, infertility evaluation and limited treatment; sexual problems, tubal ligation, urinary incontinence, and others. VA is prohibited by legislative authority from providing either in-vitro fertilization or abortion services.
- Rehabilitation, homebound, and long-term care. VA referrals are given to those in need of rehabilitation therapies such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, exercise therapy, recreational therapy, and vocational therapy. Homebound and long-term care services are available as well, limited to those meeting specific requirements.